Head of Business Development

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 4 July 2018

Job Description

Based in Victoria, London
Full Time – Fixed Term Contract Until March 2021
Salary range: £44,732 - £56,786 gross per annum
Plus Civil Service Pension Benefit

Main Purpose of the Role
The job holder will work across the organisation to strengthen WFD’s systems for; tracking commercial opportunities, proposal and budget preparation, commercial and contract negotiation and framework management, ensuring compliance with donor rules and regulations, expert identification, engaging legal advisory services in commercial development, designing and organising business development related training/workshops and other related systems.

The jobholder will lead on review tender opportunities published online from relevant sources. She/he will be responsible for managing WFD’s growing collection of bid preparation materials and ensuring teams have access to relevant materials for new bids. She/he will assist in the bid preparation process for new bids, including drafting narrative and budget input.

She/he will lead on the negotiation of pre-bid agreements with consortia members and co-bidders in joint bids, as well as lead when negotiating grants/contracts and related terms and conditions with donors upon winning competitive tenders.

The job holder will also contribute to the identification of external experts to include as experts on WFD bids and Lot applications/call downs. She/he will work closely with the HR department in maximising the value of WFD’s expert database, including vetting applicants, tracking availability, and offering advice to other WFD staff on the most suitable experts for use in programming and research.

She/he will also support negotiation of sub-grant agreements, pre- and post-bid, ensuring the signature of non-disclosure agreements and non-compete clauses. When needed, the job holder will help identify and mobilise legal expertise as required to review contracts, MOUs, and other legal arrangements.

She/he will also help identify capacity building needs in terms of business development, identify relevant external expertise (when required) to deliver training, and manage the practicalities of arranging workshops.

The successful candidate will have the following skills and experience

  • Knowledge of programming and business development processes and procedures, including drafting narratives and budgets for proposals
  • Experience of managing commercial/grant relationships (including portfolio management)
  • Mixed and diverse fund sources (public and commercial)
  • Ability to develop a network of relevant experts

Please note this statement is for information only and does not form part of a contract.

This is a UK based role and therefore the successful candidate must have eligibility to work in the UK.

How to apply

If interested in this role send your CV and cover letter to recruitment@wfd.org by 23:59 (GMT) 19th July 2018. Please clearly reference in your cover letter your relevant skills and experience for this post. Please also note that the interviews will be taken place the week commencing 23rd July and selected candidates will need to be available to attend an interview that week.

For full details of the role criteria and instructions for how to apply for this position, please visit WFD website at:


Please note: Due to the volume of application we receive, only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

About the Organization

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is a public body sponsored by the UK Government responsible for supporting the establishment of effective multi-party democracy in developing countries.

Since 1992, we provide training, technical support and enable the exchange of knowledge between the institutions of the UK and those of partner countries.

WFD works in partnership with UK political parties and parliamentary, electoral and civil society institutions. We are implementing programmes in over 30 countries, through a global network of over 20 local offices.

WFD is the main organisation to train and deploy UK election monitors to European Union and OSCE/ODIHR election observation missions.
More information can be found on www.wfd.org

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